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I shoot sporting clays reguarly with a group of guys and we mostly shoot side by sides. Not to say sometimes you see the O&U. All are middle aged to senior. There are Purdey's, Holland's, Bosses Piotis and various other makers.
I have started shooting a Garbi 101, 12 bore with long barrels.
English Best's are expensive and repairing a broken spring or some other damage can get costly.
Afew years ago while shooting my Atkin, I broke a left cocking spring. It is a spring opener so the inards are much like a Purdey. Only a few people in the US can even make that spring.
While in for repairs it needed a new hinge pin, a left cocking spring and a top lever spring and a strip and clean.
All in all a very expensive day at the Best gun doctor.
Now I still shoot my nice side by sides but I still favor the old Spainard.

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I recently cleared my safe of my O/U's and kept my SxS's. I think that as the younger people age, they will come to appreciate the handling and feel of a trim double trigger SxS. Waning or not my SxS's are in the safe to stay. I attend a number of SxS shoots to embrace the SxS expierence.

CZ, Odd that they would encourage period attire, only to swing the O/U's. It was nice shooting with you today, thanks for making the trip down.
Karl

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Thanks Karl,
Same here.

Lord knows, based on the volume of patients in my infirmary, a migration to Italian O/U's is perhaps one of practicality for commercial shoots.

If I am considering a bespoke .410, that's a sure sign I am reaching my saturation point with worn guns.

But that's different than people just not being interested in SxS's anymore.

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They haven't disappeared around here although they are not commonly seen. Diehard dinosaurs like myself stay with them by handloading to reasonable pressures. I've never seen waterfowl in all conditions that couldn't be handled with 2 3/4-inch and a load of No. 4s.

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At several recent local Sporting Clay shoots, I was the only one shootinga a SxS.

The time for SxS's has passed; but a few of us Old Guys still hang in...for a while longer.

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OU's are only a fad. The madness will pass, and people will return to their senses.

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Why is it then that when I see a nice SxS offered at a reasonable price, it is sold when I contact the seller.
Any amount of those basket case proud owner overpriced guns, weather SxS or O&U stay advertised for years.
The right thing at the right price will always sell, real estate, cars or guns.
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Originally Posted By: L. Brown
OU's are only a fad. The madness will pass, and people will return to their senses.


Hope you are right, Larry.


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Do you think percussion double shooters said this center fire madness will end In time and then they will return to their percussion doubles? I am sure some did.

We like archaic relics. We don't care about state of the art. Our state of the art was perfected a hundred years ago. So when we see others flock to plastic guns, to O/U or other non doubles we can't be surprised. Others chase state of the art just as much as we cling to SxS.

In time quality guns will always have a market. Mid level gun to some extent. Low grade guns will only have utility value. Right now low grade guns are very hard to sell. Seems all the cowboys have bought all these want.

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In my part of the woods you won't see a SxS on the shelf at the gun stores and not that many at the gun shows. If they are not readily available we can't expect the uninitiated to purchase them. Besides, almost all SxS now-a-days are second hand and it takes a bit of knowledge to decipher what you are looking at. That knowledge takes time to acquire and not all that many are interested.

At the gun store where I occasionally purchase a SxS they are kept in the back to make room for what readily sells. You have to now to ask if anything new has come in on trade or consignment.


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